Documentation of Activities of Daily Living

Documentation of Activities of Daily Living 

Federal regulations require all Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing facilities to complete a comprehensive assessment on all residents in order to develop an individualized care plan. The Minimum Data Set (MDS) is the foundation for this comprehensive assessment. The MDS is a standardized assessment that takes into account a resident’s clinical and functional status. One section of the MDS, Section G Functional Status, assesses the resident’s ability to complete activities of daily living (ADLs). This complex, but important, part of the resident assessment affects not only the development of the care plan but may also impact the reimbursement your facility receives for services you provide. Accurately reporting a resident’s ADL ability is critical for accurate completion of the MDS. It is important for you to understand the terms used for assessment of ADLs. In this course, you will learn the definitions of each ADL and the coding of residents’ ADL abilities.


Hours: 0.50


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-DOCADL
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2025
Learning Objectives:
Define each of the 11 ADLs coded on the MDS.
Explain when to use each code under ADL Self-Performance and Support Provided.
Apply the concepts of Self-Performance and Support Provided to specific situations.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: ADL Coding

ADL Definitions

Documenting ADLs


Limited vs. Extensive Assistance

Bathing Differences

Meet Meredith

Meet Perry

Meet Elbert

Support Provided

Meet Herschel

Meet Leona

Section 3: Conclusion


Course Contributor



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Instructor: Ron Orth RN, CHC, CMAC, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM Trainer
Ronald Orth, RN, CMAC, CHC  obtained a nursing degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 1985 and a B. A. in Health Care Administration from Concordia University in 1996. Mr. Orth possesses over 30 years of nursing experience with over 20 of those in the Skilled Nursing industry. Mr. Orth has extensive experience in teaching Medicare regulations to healthcare providers both in the US and internationally. Mr. Orth is currently the Post-acute Care Curriculum Designer and is certified in Healthcare Compliance through the Compliance Certification Board (CCB). Ron has also successfully completed the Infection Control Officer training through the AHCA and is an AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM trainer. Disclosure: Ron Orth RN, CHC, CMAC, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM Trainer has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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